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Are Rate Cuts Coming?
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Good news for homebuyers. The Federal Reserve is going to be dropping rates once again. Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, stated that the Fed would act “as appropriate” in order to maintain the current economic expansion. As we near 2020, it is predicted the Fed will continue dropping rates to keep up with the longest economic…

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Home Buying in a Digital Age
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Anything and everything is available online. Consumers are shopping for everything from music to razors to clothes, and it should come as no surprise that real estate is not any different. Most consumers have been searching neighborhoods and homes long before they even contacts with a real estate agent. In a recent article from NAR.com…

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What the Millennial Home Buyer Wants
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Millennials are entering the housing market full force, and they know what they want. And DON’T want. Not surprisingly, the wants of a Millennial differ from Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. A recent article from NAHBnow.com put together a list of the top 10 features millennials want in their home compared to other generations. No. 1 on…

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Expert Predictions for the Second Half of 2019
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The first half of 2019 saw the housing market (finally) start to shift away from being a seller’s market. While sellers are still holding a lot of sway, buyers are seeing prices drop and negotiating power rise. This is great news for first-time homebuyers, most of whom are millennials. Right now is a very good…

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Realogy Teams Up With Amazon to Simplify Home Buying Process
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The largest real estate company in the United States has teamed up with Amazon to create Turnkey, a new homebuying program that simplifies the process of finding and settling into a new home. Realogy is trusted and known for their brands Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International…

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How Google is Changing Downtown San Jose
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It’s been no secret that tech giant, Google, has been buying up land in the San Jose area. Google has been planning on revamping the downtown train station and what, for years, has largely been an industrial area into a densely packed extension of downtown San Jose. The Mercury News recently published an article detailing…

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Housing rates in July
A Look at the Housing Market Halfway Through 2019
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Wow. Believe it or not, we are more than halfway done with 2019. With the slow start to the year, it seemed as though the housing market was not only going to slow down but could be in a turn for many in the housing industry to start panicking. With mortgage rates dropping, many people…

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Housing rates in July
Is a Rate Cut Coming?
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Could a summer rate cut be on it’s way? Believe it or not, June is over and July is already here. And it just might be the perfect time to lock in that rate. In a recent article from HousingWire.com, it states that traders in futures markets have signaled a 22.5% probability of a rate…

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Homebuilders Building Communities Not Just Homes
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Affordable housing is different throughout different housing markets in the US. What would be affordable housing in Phoenix would be different in a place like Des Moines. According to a new report from the Urban Land Institute, there has been very little home-building activity geared towards the middle-class price point. However, new evidence shows that many…

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Housing Market Correcting to More Sustainable Place
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Low levels of inventory over the past few years have taken a lot of potential homebuyers out of the housing market. More homes are now hitting the market and that is a good thing not only for home buyers, but it’s also good for home builders as well. There is a huge demand for first-time…

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Bay Area Transplants Continue to Move to Sacramento
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It’s a familiar tale many residents in Sacramento have come to know. Bay Area transplants continue to move to Sacramento. One of the latest examples is none other than California Gov. Gavin Newsom. His $3.7 million home in Fair Oaks has the single largest price tag for houses sold so far in 2019 in the…

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How to Correctly Decipher Real Estate Trends
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With the ever fluctuating real estate market, it can be difficult to tell what is a trend and what is just noise. To be successful, you must have a reliable list of sources that you can trust and know to be accurate. Members of the Forbes Real Estate Council, below, discuss some ways they recommend staying on…

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